Ars Medendi reads: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Oliver Sacks Picador, 1986 What it’s about: A Summary Welcome to the world of a neurologist. Oliver Sacks compiles many case studies he has published in medical case journals. These serve both as incredibly insightful looks at particular neurological disorders. This is the only one … Read moreArs Medendi reads: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Pharmacogenomics & Personalised Medicine

As promised – here is the second post of two to begin my hopefully-more-regular posting of blog posts! As a change of pace from the “Problems in Pharmacology” series of posts, I thought it would be good to provide a solution. Pharmacogenomics is a merging of pharmacology and genetics, wherein genetic information from the patient … Read morePharmacogenomics & Personalised Medicine

Problems in Pharmacology: Data Collection and Consent

After an extended hiatus, I decided to do two quick posts to sum up some the most contested general issues in current pharmacology. Firstly: data collection and ethics. In order to overcome some of the boundaries faced by the modern doctor, it is essential that they have access to data and private information regarding the … Read moreProblems in Pharmacology: Data Collection and Consent

Problems in Pharmacology: Clinical Trials and Molecular Markers

This week’s post follows on from something I touched on last week: the issues in the drug design process. Drug design tends to be stem either from mimicry of molecules the chemist knows that the drug target already interacts with (such as a substrate that binds to an enzyme) or from knowledge of the potential’s … Read moreProblems in Pharmacology: Clinical Trials and Molecular Markers

Problems in Pharmacology: Definitions and crossing the Biology/Chemistry Border

I thought a good way to begin this blog was with a series of posts dedicated to defining what exactly pharmacology is, and the inherent difficulties in studying  and practicing it. First of all: definitions! Chemistry is the study of the composition, properties and behaviour of matter, whilst biology is the study of life and … Read moreProblems in Pharmacology: Definitions and crossing the Biology/Chemistry Border